Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

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vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

bright present

Bright Present

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns

healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters

desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background

tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters

makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

turntable & record

turntable & Record

spring essentials on a bed

Spring Essentials On A Bed

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

notebook with hey sunday written

Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

money money money

Money Money Money

flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background

nail polish

Nail Polish

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that it’s relatively easy to do. Generally you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - it’s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

You’ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

It’s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a “theme” before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is “Cluttered Office” - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is “Brunch Time” - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - it’s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You don’t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If you’re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day that’s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.